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Mini grids grant could drive 80 MW of new capacity in Africa

A new fund established by the African Development Bank could attract $650 million of private money into the sector, according to the lender.

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African Development Bank opens $50-60m pot for off-grid solar Covid recovery

The development lender has established a Covid-19 Off-Grid Recovery Platform with impact investors from the Netherlands, U.S. and U.K., to offer affordable loans to off-grid solar companies operating in Africa.

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Tender for 32 MW solar project subcontractors in Chad

The planned power plant marks the first phase of a 60 MW scheme 30km north of the capital, N’Djamena. The overall project is being developed by UK-based Private Infrastructure Development Group and French company Smart Energies International.

PV relief for sub-Saharan Africa amid Covid-19 pandemic

Solar support is on the way for businesses and communities struggling to cope as the coronavirus outbreak ripples across the continent.

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UN-backed fund to support solar businesses in Burkina Faso

A fund backed by the United Nations and the government of Luxembourg is helping companies to provide small solar PV systems and innovative cooking stoves in the economically challenged West African nation.

AfDB provides $200 million to expand Nigerian power sector

The African Development Bank has agreed to invest $200 million to improve electricity access in Nigeria by building minigrids throughout the country.

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African Development Bank to lend almost €49 million for 208 MW of solar in Burkina Faso

The lender is providing the funds to support the West African country’s solar ambitions under the bank’s Desert to Power program. Several other European organizations have vowed to back the €137 million Yeleen solar project, which will encompass four sites.

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Solar and hydropower to rescue São Tome and Príncipe from crisis of troubled utility

The United Nations Development Program is seeking consultants to build a 2 MW solar project and three hydropower plants ranging in generation capacity from 1.15-2 MW.

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Solar in Burundi – just add water

The African Development Bank is seeking consultants to explore how two hydropower projects and an associated grid planned in Burundi can incorporate solar power. The addition of photovoltaics is intended to reduce the country’s dependency on hydro, level out generation during dry and wet seasons and mitigate the effect of droughts.

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Angola’s solar plans boosted by Italian oil giant Eni

The Italian oil and gas provider has signed a concession agreement with the government of the African oil country to build a 50 MW solar plant. The project is expected to be in the province of Namibe and will be part of the nation’s plan to deploy 600 MW of solar by 2022.

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